Philosophy of Social Science: The Philosophical Foundations of Social Thought / Edition 2

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Overview

The 10th anniversary edition of this highly regarded text continues to give a comprehensive introduction to philosophical problems in the social sciences. New commentary is given on each chapter, exploring developments in the field and offering fresh perspectives on classic ideas. This book remains essential reading for all social theory students.

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Reviews for the First Edition:
 
"Informative, comprehensive and accessible to a wide audience: this is how Benton and Craib's introduction to the philosophy of social science compares with current manuals in the field."
--British Journal of Sociology
 
"Laudably clear and concise. . . a first rate collaboration with a seamless quality."
--Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230242593
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Series: Traditions in Social Theory
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

TED BENTON Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK. He is the esteemed author of many books, including Philosophical Foundations of the Three Sociologies, The Rise and Fall of Structural Marxism and Natural Relations: Ecology, Animal Rights and Social Justice.

IAN CRAIB sometime Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK, until his death in 2002. He was a prominent sociologist and the author of numerous books, including Modern Social Theory: From Parsons to Habermas and Classical Social Theory.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition Introduction to the First Edition Empiricism and Positivism in Science Some Problems of Empiricism and Positivism Science, Nature and Society: Some Alternatives to Empiricism Interpretive Approaches 1: Instrumental Rationality Interpretive Approaches 2: Rationality as Rule-Following: Cultures, Traditions and Hermeneutics Interpretive Approaches 3: Critical Rationality Critical Realism and the Social Sciences Feminism, Knowledge and Society Post-Structuralism and Postmodernism Conclusion: In Defence of Philosophy Critical Engagements With Recent Developments Appendix I: Personal Conclusions Appendix II: Obituary for Professor Ian Craib

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    just gona read this one

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